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Rabbi Leopold Stein was born on November 5, 1810 in Burgpreppach in Lower Franconia. He studied at Talmud-Torah school in Fürth and the universities of Erlangen and Würzburg. In 1835 he became rabbi of Burgkundstadt. Stein married Eleonore Wertheimer in 1839; together they had seven children. In 1844 Leopold Stein was called to be a rabbi in Frankfurt am Main, a move which brought about the resignation of the orthodox chief rabbi, Salomon Trier. In 1845 Stein presided over the Second Reform Rabbinical Conference in Frankfurt. He also continued in his writing, producing not only poetry but also dramatic works and many translations. In 1860 the Orthodox members split from the main Frankfurt community, establishing the Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft. Two years later Stein left his position. Stein began preaching at the Reform Westend Synagogue in 1866 and he founded a school for girls, where he taught until leaving in 1873. After retiring from the school, Stein spent his final years concentrating on his writing until his death on December 2, 1882 in Frankfurt am Main.

Eduard Gustav May (later May & Wirsing und E. G. May Söhne) was an art publisher in Frankfurt from 1845 to 1914 and one of the leading producers of prints in Frankfurt.

Jacob Seib was born in Offenbach in 1812. He was one of the first photographers in Frankfurt am Main.

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Seib, Jacob: Leopold Stein : Rabbiner der israelitischen Religionsgemeinde zu Frankfurt a/M, Leo Baeck Institute, 92.14.